Myanmar army chief denies Rohingya


PV International Desk : Myanmar’s army chief commented that the Rohingya Muslims have no roots in his country, in wake of the harsh criticism across the world following immense persecution upon the minorities, reports AFP.
Besides, he urged his countrymen to unite over the “issue” of the Rohingya.
The military says its “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar are aimed at taking out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.
But the violence has engulfed the border region and triggered an exodus of more than 400,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, where they have told of soldiers slaughtering civilians and burning down entire villages.
UN leaders have described the campaign as having all the hallmarks of “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has endured years of persecution and repression.
The status of the Muslim minority has long been an explosive topic in Myanmar, where many in the Buddhist majority view the group as foreign interlopers from Bangladesh and deny the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity, insisting they be called “Bengalis”.